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Florence: Largest asteroid in century to safely fly by Earth

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posted on Sep, 2 2017 @ 09:28 PM
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Florence: Largest asteroid in century to safely fly by Earth

The largest asteroid in more than a century is set to pass by Earth at a relatively close distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million km), Nasa says. Florence measures 2.7 miles (4.4km) in diameter and will not pose a threat to Earth for centuries to come.


But, what about us amateur astronomers?


Amateur astronomers will also be tracking it, says Sky and Telescope Magazine. The rock is relatively easy to see with good observing equipment, not just because it is large but also because it reflects more than 20% of the sunlight that hits its surface. The Moon in contrast has an average reflectivity of just 12%.


The more we get to observe these objects, and study them the better off we will be if we as a species are faced with trying to deflect/slow/speed-up one whose trajectory happens to occupy the same spacetime as the Earth.

Keep your eyes on the skies.......




posted on Sep, 2 2017 @ 09:47 PM
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a reply to: Krakatoa

It's pretty far out there. As long as it's farther than 238,900 mi, which it is millions of miles out. Should be great to observe with good equipment. 20% reflectivity we may see with the naked eye on a clear night one would think.

The article didn't say when it will pass. Do you know when?


Edit: forgot, i got night vision goggles.

Thank you for Sharing. This should be cool.

edit on 2-9-2017 by Bigburgh because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 2 2017 @ 11:13 PM
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When ? And where to look ? Please....



posted on Sep, 3 2017 @ 03:43 AM
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It's already come and gone.

And, turns out, it has two tiny moons orbiting it.


Radar images of asteroid 3122 Florence obtained at the 70-meter antenna at NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex between August 29 and September 1 have revealed that the asteroid has two small moons, and also confirmed that main asteroid Florence is about 4.5 km (2.8 miles) in size. Florence is only the third triple asteroid known in the near-Earth population out of more than 16,400 that have been discovered to date. All three near-Earth asteroid triples have been discovered with radar observations and Florence is the first seen since two moons were discovered around asteroid 1994 CC in June 2009.

The sizes of the two moons are not yet well known, but they are probably between 100 - 300 meters (300-1000 feet) across. The times required for each moon to revolve around Florence are also not yet known precisely but appear to be roughly 8 hours for the inner moon and 22 to 27 hours for the outer moon. The inner moon of the Florence system has the shortest orbital period of any of the moons of the 60 near-Earth asteroids known to have moons. In the Goldstone radar images, which have a resolution of 75 meters, the moons are only a few pixels in extent and do not reveal any detail.

cneos.jpl.nasa.gov...



posted on Sep, 3 2017 @ 03:46 AM
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Wel,that sucks....missed it !



posted on Sep, 3 2017 @ 09:18 AM
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originally posted by: Meldionne1
Wel,that sucks....missed it !

But it doesn't suck that missed us



posted on Sep, 5 2017 @ 05:14 AM
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a reply to: LogicalGraphitti

"Missed it by that much, Chief......"



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